In 1964, Althea Gibson
, a tennis pioneer who also played golf professionally, became the first black woman to play in the LPGA Tour.
basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 US Open.
1957: Althea Gibson
of the United States became the first black Wimbledon tennis champion when she beat Darlene Hard to win the women's singles title.
6 Althea Gibson
is first African-American to win Wimbledon, 1957
If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me." - Althea Gibson
, AFRICANAMERICAN TENNIS PLAYER AND FIRST BLACK PLAYER TO WIN WIMBLEDON (1957).
1950 - American tennis player Althea Gibson
becomes the first black player to compete internationally.
Olincy recalled seeing Patty Berg, a founding member of the LPGA, play with tennis great and later pro golfer Althea Gibson
in Oklahoma back in the day.
Last year, Moore was included in the 29th edition of the South Carolina African-American History Calendar, placing him in the company of other well-known South Carolinians who have been recognized, such as Ronald McNair, Althea Gibson
, James Brown and the Rev.
In sport, Althea Gibson
became the first black person to do what in 1956?
It describes Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson
, and the recognition of the African American athlete during the centennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation; the efforts of white allies with black athletes and the black press in integrating bowling, baseball, football, and college sports, such as Branch Rickey, Bill Veeck, and Paul Brown; black resistance in the press and the community to address racial barriers in baseball, football, and golf; the fight against segregation in Southern sports; black Olympians who represented their country abroad but were second-class citizens at home; the transition of athletes to activists, such as Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, and Jim Brown; and those who publicly challenged integration and democracy, such as Muhammad Ali.
Gordon Smith, Glasgow A Althea Gibson
was the Wimbledon champion in 1957.